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Government blames Nasheed’s lawyers for ‘failure to verify house-arrest documents’

The government today denied commuting former President Mohamed Nasheed’s 13-year jail term to house arrest, suggesting official documents publicised by his lawyers may have been forged.

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Court rejects Nasheed’s prison transfer challenge

The criminal court has thrown out a petition filed by former President Mohamed Nasheed requesting his transfer from house arrest to prison be ruled arbitray and illegal.

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Official accused of corruption appointed to human rights watchdog

The parliament today appointed a former government official accused of defrauding the state of MVR24million (US$1.55million) to the Human Rights Commission of Maldives (HRCM).

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MDP MPs protest in parliament against former President Nasheed’s ‘illegal arrest’

Today’s sitting of parliament was adjourned amid protests by main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) MPs over former President Mohamed Nasheed’s transfer back to jail from house arrest last night.

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Lawyers request Criminal Court to rule Nasheed’s detention arbitrary

Former President Mohamed Nasheed’s lawyers have requested the criminal court to rule his transfer from house arrest to a high security prison as illegal and arbitrary.

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Former President Nasheed taken back to jail

Former President Mohamed Nasheed has been taken back to jail by prison guards acting with Specialist Operations (SO) police officers, eight weeks after the opposition leader was transferred to house arrest.

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Sexual harassment within Maldives Police Service under-reported

A quarter of women police officers interviewed for the study -“Rough Roads to Equality: Women Police in South Asia” by the New Delhi-based Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) – said they had faced harassment, but only half referred the incident to a higher authority.

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First Lady plans symposium to launch Yameen’s re-election campaign

First Lady Fathmath Ibrahim is planning a symposium in September to “prepare leaders” for President Abdulla Yameen’s 2018 re-election campaign. The ruling party is not involved in the initiative.

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US Congress members join chorus against Yameen’s regime

Four members of the United States Congress have written a letter to President Abdulla Yameen, demanding former President Mohamed Nasheed’s release and expressing concern over the apparent deterioration of democracy in the Maldives.

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Home minister to decide on extension of Nasheed’s house arrest

“We have forwarded all of Nasheed’s medical records and the doctors recommendations to the home minister. He now will decide on extension of house arrest,” Commissioner of Prisons Mohamed Husham told The Maldives Independent today.

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Nasheed’s sentence was not commuted to house arrest, says Attorney General’s office

Former President Mohamed Nasheed’s 13-year jail term on a terrorism conviction was not commuted to house arrest, the Attorney General’s Office has said, raising fears that Nasheed may once again be transferred to prison.

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More than 100 new lawyers awaiting Supreme Court permit to practice law

The attorney general’s office (AG) licensed some 103 lawyers in June. However, under regulations enacted in June 2012, lawyers need a second permit from the Supreme Court before they can represent clients at courts.

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Staff dismissed after vowing to ‘confront’ vice president

“I will confront anyone who criticizes President Yameen, you cannot tell me who I should confront. I have no problem confronting even the Vice President for President Yameen,” Sharif is heard saying in an audio clip posted by the opposition-aligned Raajje TV.

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Housing ministry takes over more of city council’s office space

The opposition-dominated city council moved its main office to the Huravee building after its eviction from the city hall in April. The housing ministry has now ordered the council to remove its furniture, filing cabinets, and documents from half of the ground floor office space.

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Villa workers strike as company struggles to bounce back

A number of Maldivian workers at a Villa Group resort have gone on strike over unpaid service allowances. The company is struggling after months of government imposed sanctions and has announced plans to sell off one of its luxury resorts to get back on track.

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Judicial watchdog tight-lipped on suspension of civil court judge

The watchdog Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has suspended Civil Court Judge Mariyam Nihayath indefinitely, but has declined to reveal details of the complaint.

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Parliament to consider mandatory Shariah punishments

An amendment to make Islamic Shariah punishments mandatory in the new penal code was accepted for consideration at the People’s Majlis today. Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) MP Ahmed Thoriq had proposed

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